Book Review

THE ENDURING LEGACY OF JOHN PAUL II

Catalyst December Issue 2010, Book Review

Ronald J. Rychlak George Weigel’s magnificent biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was published in 1999. Knowing that the pope’s story was not over, Weigel promised that he would one day write a completion. This is it, and it is a powerful and welcome compliment to the earlier biography, but it is much more than that. This book stands... [Read more...]

VIRTUES FOR EVERYONE

Catalyst November Issue 2010, Book Review

Laura E. Finnegan A Guy’s Guide to the Good Life: Virtues for Men by Robert Lockwood. St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009. We are all looking for answers to the same, age-old questions: how can I live my life better? How can I be a better person? It seems we have found a short, enjoyable, and educational volume of suggestions. In Robert Lockwood’s... [Read more...]

THE DEFINITIVE WORK ON PIUS XII

Catalyst October Issue 2010, Book Review

Kenneth D. Whitehead Hitler, the War, and the Pope (Revised and Expanded) by Ronald J. Rychlak. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010. University of Mississippi Professor of Law Ronald J. Rychlak published a book ten years ago with the same title as that shown above. This new book, just published, is presented ten years later as a “revised and expanded” version... [Read more...]

THE POPE AND THE SCANDAL: REJOINDER TO CRITICS

Catalyst September Issue 2010, Book Review

Robert P. Lockwood Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal by Gregory Erlandson and Matthew Bunson. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010. Available at www.osv.com The title doesn’t make you want to read it—Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis. The daily carpet-bombing of the Church in media has given us more... [Read more...]

LEXICON OF DEATH

Catalyst July/August Issue 2010, Book Review

Joseph A. Varacalli, Ph.D. John Paul II: Confronting the Language Empowering the Culture of Death by William Brennan. Sapientia Press, 2008. Available on Amazon.com Language both shapes and is shaped by society and its social movements, organizations, and individuals. To this must be added the reality of “power”: just who and what has the ability... [Read more...]

BASEBALL AS BELLWETHER

Catalyst April Issue 2010, Book Review

Bill Donohue Kiss It Good-Bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates by John Moody. Shadow Mountain, 2010. Available on Amazon.com It’s April, and that means it’s time for baseball. Fans of all teams will be drawn to John Moody’s inspiring  volume, and this is especially true of those from Western Pennsylvania.... [Read more...]

ASSESSING LITURGICAL REFORMS

Catalyst January/February Issue 2010, Book Review

Patrick G.D. Riley Mass Misunderstandings: The Mixed Legacy of the Vatican II Liturgical Reforms by Kenneth D. Whitehead. St. Augustine’s Press, 2009. Order online at www.staugustine.net or your favorite online bookseller. The subtitle presents the burden of this highly informative book. Not every liturgical reform given us by the Second Vatican Council... [Read more...]

THE RESURRECTION AS HISTORY

Catalyst December Issue 2009, Book Review

Dinesh D’Souza Life After Death: The Evidence By Dinesh D’Souza. Regnery Publishing, 2009. Order online at www.regnery.com or your favorite bookseller. Many cultures and religions affirm life after death but only one asserts that someone actually died and returned to life. This claim is made exclusively by Christianity. No one says of Moses or... [Read more...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO NOTRE DAME?

Catalyst November Issue 2009, Book Review

Kenneth D. Whitehead What Happened to Notre Dame? By Charles E. Rice. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2009. Order online at www.staugustine.net or your favorite online bookseller. Many people were shocked when the University of Notre Dame, long thought to be America’s premier Catholic university, in May, 2009, invited President Barack Obama... [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD’S PORTRAYAL OF RELIGION

Catalyst October Issue 2009, Book Review

Peter E. Dans Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners by Peter E. Dans (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) This book documents the changing portrayal of Christians in film from 1905 through 2008.  Films respectful of Christianity such as “Lilies of the Field,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “The Sound of Music,”... [Read more...]

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